Full Name: MICHAEL MALTHOUSE
Date of Birth: 18/08/1953
Height: 180 cm ( 5-11 )
Weight: 80 kg ( 12-8 )
Debut: 03/07/1976, Round 14, Collingwood
Last Game: 28/05/1983, Round 10, Sydney
Total Games: 121
Total Goals: 15
Honours: Premiership 1980.
Seasons: 1977, 1979, 1983
Total Games: 19
Total Goals: 3
Honours: Premiership 1977.
Michael played most of his football in the back-pocket. He originally played with North Ballarat, before moving to St.Kilda for three and a half seasons. He then crossed to Richmond, midway through the 1976 season and quickly established himself as a permanent fixture in the Tigers defence. He was a tough, no-nonsense player, who went straight at the ball. He was a strong mark and good kick to position and was a fine team man whose attitude to the game was well respected by both his teammates and club supporters. He was a member of Richmond’s 1980 Seniors and 1977 Reserves’ Premiership sides. In 1978, he won the Most Determined award. His failure to pass a gruelling fitness test conducted by coach Francis Bourke on the eve of the 1982 Grand Final has often been touted as having a lasting effect on his teammates prior to the game. One thing is certain, his strong play would have been a great asset in what turned out to be a very physical Grand Final. At Richmond he was a popular clubman and also a renowned practical joker.
After leaving Richmond, he coached Footscray between 1984 and 1989 taking them to third position in 1985. In 1990, he took over as coach of the West Coast Eagles and has led them into the Finals in each season he has coached, moulding them into a very versatile, athletic and pacy outfit, who move the ball with machine-like precision. He created football history when he led the first non-Victorian team to the 1992 AFL Premiership and he followed this up with another flag in 1994. He has also coached the West Australian State side during Interstate Carnival matches. He has acquitted himself very well as a coach at the highest level, and goes about his job in a very serious and professional manner. Michael also has two former Richmond players in Tim Gepp and Robert Wiley as assistants.
He was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2019.
Wendouree West U/14 1967 ( Honours - Captain 1967, Best & Fairest 1967 ) ; North Ballarat U/16 1968-69 ; North Ballarat U/18 1970 , Games 46 ??, Goals 3 ; North Ballarat Seniors 1970-71, Games 23, Goals 2 ; St Kilda Seniors 1972-76, Games 50, Goals 4 ; St Kilda Reserves 1972-76, Games 36, Goals 19.
Footscray Senior Coach 1984-89 ; West Coast Eagles Coach 1990-99 ( Honours - Premiership 1992, 1994, WA State Coach 1990-92 ) ; Collingwood Coach 2000-2011 ( Honours - Premiership 2010 ) ; Carlton Coach 2013-15.
Record number of VFL/AFL Games Coached .